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Women's Center Receives Huggies Grant

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Women's Center Receives Huggies Grant

Grant to support “No Baby Unhugged” Program

Southern Regional Medical Center is one of four recipients to receive $10,000 grants from Huggies to support and establish a No Baby Unhugged program. The four hospitals – two in California, one in Tennessee, and Southern Regional in Riverdale, GA – received the grants as part of Huggies’ mission to support hospitals, nurses and the newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICU).

“Thanks to the No Baby Unhugged grant, we are excited to launch our first-ever hugging program that will help provide the benefits of human touch to babies in the NICU when parents cannot be there,” says Charlotte Dupré, President and CEO of Southern Regional Medical Center. “This program not

only extends our services to help our tiniest patients thrive, it also aligns to our goal of becoming an accredited Baby Friendly 5-Star Hospital.”

The Women’s Center will utilize the grant to train volunteers and provide consistent, ongoing, uninterrupted therapy through the hospital’s first hugging program. Funds will also help purchase glider rockers, blankets and other accessories to help provide a comforting environment.

Lena Shobe, RN, Director of the Women’s Center explains, “If parents can't be with their newborns in our NICU because of medical reasons or distance issues, volunteers in the No Baby Unhugged program will provide the hugs for those babies. It’s a great program that helps the baby, the parents, our staff, and brings great joy to our volunteers.”

To find out how to become a volunteer for the No Baby Unhugged program, contact Southern Regional’s Volunteer Services Office via email at: